Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project

Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project

by W. Paul Williamson, Ralph W. Hood

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Overview

Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project presents the results of an independent five-year study on spiritual transformation at a twelve-month residential program called the Lazarus Project—an agency that takes a Pentecostal faith-based approach to dealing with substance abuse. Residents who completed the program experienced psychological and spiritual transformation within six months in the program. Furthermore, this change was found to persist one year after graduation from the program. Resident descriptions derived from phenomenological interviews revealed that this transformation was experienced in relation to religious and spiritual experiences while in the program, and that Pentecostal factors were significant facilitators of change and recovery from substance addiction. Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program concludes that Pentecostal faith-based approaches to dealing with substance addiction may be more effective than secular and even non-Pentecostal faith-based approaches. The unique and exhilarating Pentecostal experience, as an alternative to a drug-induced high leading to meaningless addiction and self-destruction, is contextualized within a religious and spiritual ontology that offers purpose and meaning to victims of substance addiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739193075
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/29/2016
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

W. Paul Williamson is professor of psychology at Henderson State University.

Ralph W. Hood, Jr. is professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 The Pentecostal Element and Community
Chapter 2 The Lazarus Project: Hope for Substance Addiction
Chapter 3 Spiritual Transformation at the Lazarus Project: Is It Really Real?
Chapter 4 The Phenomenology of Spiritual Transformation in Pentecostal Religious Conversion
Chapter 5 The Phenomenology of Spirit Baptism: A Facilitator of Spiritual Transformation
Chapter 6 Mentoring: Guidance in Spiritual Transformation
Chapter 7 Conclusion
Epilogue
References
About the Author

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